Children's Cardiac Catheterization

Our diagnostic and therapeutic Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories are designed especially for children and we perform over 500 procedures a year. Using the latest interventional catheterization techniques, we can offer your child a less invasive alternative to surgery, with minimal discomfort and recovery time.

Cardiac catheterization is performed to further evaluate coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, and/or certain congenital (present at birth) heart conditions when other less invasive types of diagnostic tests indicate the presence of one of these conditions.

In cardiac catheterization, a very small hollow tube enters the heart through the aorta. The insertion point is usually through the arm or groin. Once the catheter is in place, several diagnostic techniques may be used. These techniques view and measure heart function, and many offer life-saving repairs to the heart.

At St. Joseph's Children's Heart Center, we are experienced and confident in our abilities and outcomes for minimally invasive procedures, which lead to less patient discomfort and a quicker recovery.

For more information, please call (813) 644-6679.

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